Sefirot HaOmer

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Awakening From Above – Awakening From Below

When trying to understand the significance of Sefirat Haomer, the counting of the omer – the forty-nine day period from Pesach to Shavuot – we can ask the following question: Why do we count up from one to forty-nine and not the more common way of counting down to an anticipated event, that is from […]

Lag B’Omer

Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the omer, commemorates two events. The first is the interruption or end of the plague between Pesach and Shavuot that killed the students of Rabbi Akiva during the time of the Roman occupation of Israel. After the death of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the […]

Open My Eyes That I May See Wonders in Your Torah

According to the wisdom of arranging the letters of Hebrew words in various ways, in order to extract multiple layers of meaning, the letters of the word Lag (as in Lag B’Omer) when reversed, spell gal. The root word gal has many meanings, one of which is “to open” or “reveal.” This meaning is expressed […]